that are unlearned and unstable wrest. . . the . . . scriptures, unto their
own destruction. 2 Peter 3:16.
The position that it is of no consequence what men believe is one of Satan's
most successful deceptions. He knows that the truth, received in the love
of it, sanctifies the soul of the receiver; therefore he is constantly seeking
to substitute false theories, fables, another gospel. . . .
and fanciful interpretations of Scripture, and the many conflicting theories
concerning religious faith, that are found in the Christian world are the
work of our great adversary to confuse minds so that they shall not discern
the truth. And the discord and division which exist among the churches of
Christendom are in a great measure due to the prevailing custom of wresting
the Scriptures to support a favorite theory. Instead of carefully studying
God's word with humility of heart to obtain a knowledge of His will, many
seek only to discover something odd or original.
to sustain erroneous doctrines or unchristian practices, some will seize upon
passages of Scripture separated from the context, perhaps quoting half of
a single verse as proving their point, when the remaining portion would show
the meaning to be quite the opposite. With the cunning of the serpent they
entrench themselves behind disconnected utterances construed to suit their
carnal desires. Thus do many willfully pervert the word of God. Others, who
have an active imagination, seize upon the figures and symbols of Holy Writ,
interpret them to suit their fancy, with little regard to the testimony of
Scripture as its own interpreter, and then they present their vagaries as
the teachings of the Bible.
the study of the Scriptures is entered upon without a prayerful, humble, teachable
spirit, the plainest and simplest as well as the most difficult passages will
be wrested from their true meaning. . . . The Word of God is plain to all
who study it with a prayerful heart. Every truly honest soul will come to
the light of truth. "Light is sown for the righteous." Psalm 97:11.
And no church can advance in holiness unless its members are earnestly seeking
for truth as for hid treasure.
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